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Bertin-Delatte l'Echalier Chenin Blanc
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Bertin-Delatte

Bertin-Delatte l'Echalier Chenin Blanc

Country: France
Region: Rablay-sur-Layon
Grape: Chenin Blanc
Colour: White
Bottle Size: 75cl
Alcohol: 13.00%
Vintage: 2016

The Loire has arguably become one of the most important regions for the new band of French vignerons and no one better represents the potential and ambition of this talented group than Geneviève Delatte and Nicolas Bertin.  Based since 2008 in Rablay-Sur-Layon, a village traditionally supported by fabulous sweet Chenin Blanc, Geneviève and Nicolas have chosen a different path and are making some of the most fabulous examples of dry Chenin you are likely to find. Like many of their contemporaries in the ‘New France’ they have seen an opportunity to step outside of the strictures of the AOC (which in the Coteaux du Layon require not insubstantial levels of residual sugar) and bottle their wines as Vin de France, expressing their terroir through a different lens to produce a precise, textured and age-worthy dry Chenin Blanc.

The winemaking philosophy is very simple: intervene as little as possible (both in the vineyard and the winery) and let nature take its course. However, there is no wonkiness, oxidation or funk here, which is only achieved by dedicated farming of old vines (some of their parcels were planted in 1929 and diligence in the cellar to ensure nothing interferes with their beloved Chenin.

The winemaking philosophy is very simple: intervene as little as possible (both in the vineyard and the winery) and let nature take its course. Chenin Blanc from Rablay-sur-Layon is traditionally sweet, butit's definitely a vin sec, something to drink all the time.

PRODUCER NOTES

The Loire has arguably become one of the most important regions for the new band of French vignerons and no one better represents the potential and ambition of this talented group than Geneviève Delatte and Nicolas Bertin.  Based since 2008 in Rablay-Sur-Layon, a village traditionally supported by fabulous sweet Chenin Blanc, Geneviève and Nicolas have chosen a different path and are making some of the most fabulous examples of dry Chenin you are likely to find. Like many of their contemporaries in the ‘New France’ they have seen an opportunity to step outside of the strictures of the AOC (which in the Coteaux du Layon require not insubstantial levels of residual sugar) and bottle their wines as Vin de France, expressing their terroir through a different lens to produce a precise, textured and age-worthy dry Chenin Blanc.

The winemaking philosophy is very simple: intervene as little as possible (both in the vineyard and the winery) and let nature take its course. However, there is no wonkiness, oxidation or funk here, which is only achieved by dedicated farming of old vines (some of their parcels were planted in 1929 and diligence in the cellar to ensure nothing interferes with their beloved Chenin.

FARMING & WINEMAKING NOTES

The winemaking philosophy is very simple: intervene as little as possible (both in the vineyard and the winery) and let nature take its course. Chenin Blanc from Rablay-sur-Layon is traditionally sweet, butit's definitely a vin sec, something to drink all the time.